Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you. Matthew 7:7, Luke 11:9
For everyone that asks receives; and he that seeks finds, and to him that knocks, it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, whom if his sons ask bread, will he give him a stone. Or if he asks a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?
As I hear Jesus whisper this into one ear, I cringe because into my other ear I hear a chorus of raging souls who have begged God for something that was crucial to them, which they did not receive, or they think they received the serpent instead. I have heard tales of people who sought and didn't find, who knocked and the door did not open. I have been that person. This generous offer from the most powerful Man on earth is taken as a lifeline for drowning people. This is serious business. People die when the lifeline breaks. Pay close attention to how to hit this mark. God help you if you don't get it.
With every other command, for every other mark the action is between the aspiring immortal and the mark. Easy. One person aims and either hits the mark straight on, or misses and tries again and again with help from the Holy Spirit. In this case a response is required. This is not archery, it is tennis.
Playing ball with God the Father exposes a person to amazing grace, wishes come true and doors open into heaven. The one who gives what you ask for, the one who shows you where to find what you are looking for, and the one who opens the door you are knocking on, is not wearing a watch, and nothing but the best is good enough for you.
Yes, everyone is guaranteed a response, but for God timing is essential. Sarah's impatience is at the root of never-ending wars between Jews and Arabs. Impatience can be deadly. You miss the mark when you give up, or stop waiting at the closed door. Did the person you pray for die, or become sicker or more depraved? In this too, be patient. Death is not the end; it could provide perfect health and happiness for your beloved.So take off your watch too and wait for the response that will exceed your wildest imagination.
Ask - wait and receive.
Seek - wait and find.
Knock- wait and watch open.
Patience is a virtue.